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Five arrested after failed human smuggling attempt in Derby

DERBY — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested five, including four Guatemalans, after a failed human smuggling attempt near Derby last Saturday. Agents arrested Miguel Ramos, 32, of the Bronx, N.Y., and Gerardo Xar-Marroquin, 27, of Guatemala on human smuggling charges. Authorities say the Swanton Tactical Communications Center received a report shortly before 5 p.m. of… Keep Reading

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Students in Barton get fresh for harvest festivals

BARTON — The kids are back in school, the gardens are bursting with the season’s harvest and it is harvest festival time for students across the Northeast Kingdom. Harvest festivals are coordinated by Green Mountain Farm-to-School (GMFTS) and their partner schools and feature a meal prepped and cooked by the students using vegetables that they… Keep Reading

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VSP: 118 marijuana plants seized in North Troy

NORTH TROY — A 51-year-old man from North Troy was arrested on Friday for cultivation of marijuana. At around 7:30 p.m. police executed a search warrant at 116 North Pleasant Street in North Troy. Police say they located and seized approximately 118 marijuana plants. Christopher Kinkade, 51, of North Troy was subsequently placed under arrest… Keep Reading


Car crash in Coventry sends two to hospital

COVENTRY — Two people were injured during a car crash in Coventry this afternoon. At around 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, police were dispatched to the two-vehicle crash on Vermont Route 105. Both drivers, Rose Blais, 75, of Troy, and Shirley Kasanoff, 67, of Troy, were headed east, when police say Kasanoff decreased her speed to… Keep Reading

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Round Island on Lake Memphremagog for sale

NEWPORT — Have you watched HGTV’s Island Hunters and dreamed about owning your own island? Well, you don’t have to travel as far as you may think to make it a reality. Round Island on Lake Memphremagog is for sale, and it can be yours…for only $1,595,000. This unique property offers 7 acres and 2,200… Keep Reading


Benefit dinner to help Newport police officer kick cancer

NEWPORT — Officer George Butler is a man who has dedicated many years to the city of Newport. He has worked as a full-time employee for Newport Ambulance service, a firefighter for the Newport City Fire Department, and is a police officer who is continuing to work his nighttime shift while traveling daily for cancer… Keep Reading

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MAC Center for the Arts highlights local authors

NEWPORT — The MAC Center for the Arts will be participating in the Newport is for Booklovers Event, on September 24. Five of the eight authors that belong to MAC will be reading from their original works. Award-winning authors: Lynda Graham-Barber, Tanya Sousa, Patty Oliver-Smith, Jerry Johnson and Cat Holm will share the spotlight as… Keep Reading

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Bill Stenger no longer working at Jay Peak

NEWPORT — In a letter issued to investors and creditors of Jay Peak on Friday, the receiver for the Jay Peak properties announced that Bill Stenger is no longer working at the resort. “Please be advised that as of Friday, September 2nd, Bill Stenger is no longer an employee of Jay Peak, but instead Bill… Keep Reading

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Farce of Nature, QNEK’s final mainstage show of the season starts September 9

DERBY LINE — QNEK Productions is rounding out its season with the comedy “Farce of Nature,” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten. The non-stop hilarity of this southern-fried farce highlights a day in the life of the Wilburn family of Mayhew, Arkansas. D. Gene Wilburn is taking desperate measures to save his fishing… Keep Reading

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Newport City Elementary School starts the year with a walk

NEWPORT — In the same breath as we say goodbye to summer, we say hello to a brand new school year. Newport City Elementary School is starting the third year of participation in the Safe Routes to School program and will celebrate with a walk to school on Wednesday, September 7. In July 2005, Congress… Keep Reading

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VSP: Newport man arrested twice after series of violent crimes

NEWPORT — A 37-year-old man from Newport is being held on $50,000.00 bail after police say he was arrested on two separate occasions for a series of violent crimes on Sunday. At around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, police say they took a walk-in report that Aaron Coburn, 37, of Newport, had assaulted the man “by… Keep Reading

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Newport man pleads not guilty to wire fraud

NEWPORT — Dennis Crawford, 47, of Newport, pled not guilty last Friday in U.S. District Court in Burlington to a charge of wire fraud. The judge released Crawford on conditions pending trial, which has not been scheduled. According to the indictment and other court records, in April 2015, Crawford was appointed power-of-attorney for his elderly… Keep Reading

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Last working round barn in Vermont burns down

IRASBURG — The round barn at the Robillard Flats Dairy Farm, located on Route 58 in Irasburg, was destroyed by fire this afternoon. The fire broke out at around 1:30 p.m. There were no reported injuries, however, some animals are believed to have been lost in the fire. The barn was the last working round… Keep Reading

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Standoff in Holland ends in self-inflicted gunshot wound

HOLLAND — A 63-year-old Holland man was injured in an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound today. Police say they responded to 928 Valley Road for a welfare check on Dennis Belanger, 63, of Holland, after he had not contacted anyone in several days. When they arrived, police say they made contact with Belanger who was threatening… Keep Reading

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